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M.S. Gopalakrishnan (b. June 10, 1931) is one of the well known violinists of the 20th Century in the field of Carnatic music. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sangeetha Kalanidhi award in 1997.

He is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and T.N.Krishnan to be called the violin-trinity of carnatic music.


M.S. Gopalakrishnan (popularly known as MSG) was born on 10th June 1931. MSG learnt from his father, late…

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  • He is certainly one of the finest violinists. It is difficult to comprehend the amount of inner sadhana he has done to create such a magic in a smallest movement of his bow. Under his instructions, I have heard other masters such as Heifitz, kriesler, Elman, Oistrakh , Menuhin and others. For sheer expression and technique he towers above them. I have heard joyful appreciation about MSG in way outside places such as Chalisgaon , Gondia in Maharashtra.I can keep on and on about this almost unsung master who has a lot to give. Mohan, Bangalore
  • One of the very best violinists to be born into this world. An expert in all three systems of violin playing - South Indian (Carnatic), North Indian (Hindustani), and Western. Sir Yehudi Menuhin described MSG as the best violinist in the world! Unfortunately, the maestro's albums are very few and I feel he is very underappreciated. Highly recommended.

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